Medieval Fermo and it's Historic Sites

Fermo is a medieval town in the southern part of Le Marche. Situated on top of a hill with a view of the surrounding villages, Fermo is possibly the richest of all Le Marche towns I have seen! It has a piazza that is linear and thus makes in unique in all of Marche. The town is dotted with lovel cafes, a gigantic town hall, a grand theatre and a historic library! Seeing the wonders that the region of Le Marche has to offer, no wonder Lonely Planet named Le Marche the 2nd favorite region to explore in 2020!

Medieval Fermo and Piazza del Popolo
Medieval Fermo and Regional flags

Practically devoid of tourists, Fermo was hit by an earthquake in August 2016 that left most of its treasures in ruins. The thought of it is heartbreaking and it was even sadder when I saw the state of things myself.

A line of shops and coffee shops
Medieval Fermo and its men
Medieval Fermo and cappuccino with Ginseng
Medieval Fermo from a part of Biblioteca Civica

However, Fermo has a very rich line of cultural sites.

Historic Sites:

Biblioteca Civica Romolo Spezioli:

This gorgeous library from what I saw online was unfortunately closed due to the earthquake during my visit. It is now open and includes an unusual collection of books, newspapers, coins, seals and manuscripts. Students from across the world come to this popular public library! The Biblioteca is known to be a treasure of the town that the locals were proud to tell me. Next to the old section of this library is also a modern library with computerized catalogues.

Monday- Friday: Hours 8.30 – 13.45 / 15.15 – 18.45
Saturday hours 8.30 – 13.45

Sala del Mappamondo

The library also includes The Globe Room -known aptly because of the popular vintage Globe inside it. The Globe was designed in 1713 by Silvestro Amanzio Moroncelli.

Biblioteca Civica Romolo Spezioli (Image Credits:

Palazzo dei Priori:

You’ll enter the town of Fermo and be awe-struck by this imposing palazzo! Palazzo dei Priori houses the Civic Gallery and the Archaeological Museum. It is also linked to the Globe Room from the inside. I really wish I could have seen it when I was there!

Medieval Fermo: Palazzo dei Priori

Teatro dell’Aquila:

Teatro dell’Aquila was designed in the 18th century and is known to be most important of all in Le Marche. It houses around 1000 people and has the perfect acoustics in all of Italy! A local helped me to get inside even though there was an International Violin Competition going on. Thanks to her I could see another beauty of Fermo!!

Medieval Fermo: Inside Teatro dell’Aquila
Medieval Fermo: Ongoing Violin competition
Medieval Fermo: Chandelier from 1830
Medieval Fermo: I want to listen to the Opera

Hope you enjoyed a walk in Fermo with me.

Thanks to the Mayor of Fermo for making my short stay in the town so rich and inspiring. Not only was he kind enough to gift me a picture of the Biblioteca Comunale but also helped me get around easily.

How to Reach Fermo:

Fermo can be reached by car from the Ancona airport. It is easily accessible from the Porto San Giorgio railway station as there are buses every 30 minutes to the centre of Fermo.


38 thoughts on “Medieval Fermo and it's Historic Sites

  1. It’s amazing how many interesting Medieval towns there are in the area of Le Marche! ❤ So sad lots of them suffered the consequences of the earthquake…poor people 🙁

  2. What a beautiful town, too bad about the earthquake though, so sad. It’s amazing what still can be seen though. I definitely need to visit this region!

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